Jessica Chastain admits insecurities of playing the real nurse (exclusive)

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Oscar winner Jessica Chastain has revealed that she doesn’t feel confident playing the real person at the center of her latest film. The good nurse (on Netflix October 26) because the nurse herself, Amy Loughren, saw her acting on set.

She’s no stranger to playing real people – she won her Oscar for playing Tammy Faye Bakker Tammy Faye’s eyes and is expected to be seen alongside Michael Shannon later this year as Tammy Wynette Giorgio and Tammy – this was the first time he came face to face with the person he was playing.

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And seeing her act in a scene was also a new experience. “This is the first time this has happened to me,” she told Yahoo.

Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren in The good nurse. (JoJo Whilden / Netflix)

“I’ve done a lot of movies where I’ve played a real person, but I’ve never been observed by them while I was acting out a scene. I felt very insecure about it. “

Chastain had spoken to Loughren on the phone as part of his research on the role. “She was very helpful in helping to establish the character and learning things that might not be in the script, but when I saw her on set, my heart just went ‘Oh, god!’ and I went to hug her.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Amy Loughren and Jessica Chastain participate

Amy Loughren and Jessica Chastain participate The good nurse UK Premiere, England. (Kate Green / Getty Images for BFI)

“I think she was aware that I was very intimidated by her presence, so she hid a bit from me. Every time I saw her, I felt like such a cheat. I wasn’t the real Amy! She hid so I could pretend to be her for a while.

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In The good nurse, Chastain, a devoted nurse, has pushed her limits out of the night shifts in the ICU. Help comes when Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne), a caring nurse, arrives at the hospital and the two develop a strong friendship. But when a number of patients die under mysterious circumstances, an investigation points to Charlie as the main suspect and Amy is forced to risk her life to find out the truth.

The Good Nurse (2022).  L to R: Eddie Redmayne as Charlie Cullen and Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren.  Cr.  JoJo Whilden / Netflix

Eddie Redmayne as Charlie Cullen and Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren The good nurse. (JoJo Whilden / Netflix)

Cullen told police he killed at least 40 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and was eventually convicted of the murder of 29, though the death toll is believed to reach into the hundreds, making him one of the most serious serial killers. prolific of America. He is currently serving multiple life sentences and will never be released.

Amy Loughren has stark memories of her own reaction to seeing Chastain playing her on camera. “There was this moment where I’m sitting in a chair, looking at a monitor, there’s a girl sitting next to me who was a stunt double with my name on it and I’m looking at Jessica and Nnamdi [Asomugha] play a scene, ”he recalls.

Head shot of Charles Cullen, former nurse claiming to have killed 30 to 40 patients since 1987, Somerville, New Jersey, graphic over black

Charles Cullen, the former nurse who claims to have killed 30 to 40 patients since 1987, Somerville, New Jersey. (AP)

“I had that moment of ‘what’s going on?’ It was a strange paradigm shift: there is no way, unless you’re taking hallucinogens, that this can happen in real life. It was very, very strange and I did a lot of emotional stuff behind the scenes: happy, sad, crying. “

He also helped Eddie Redmayne with his portrayal of Charlie Cullen and his response when he first saw him in the role was even stronger. “That scene where it changes, where it changes in the diner – I told him about who he was and what happened during that meeting between me and Charles Cullen,” he explained.

“I first saw it in the trailer and I couldn’t breathe. It was so great, I just couldn’t breathe. He became Charlie. She channeled it. I’m speechless. “

Redmayne also played real people, winning an Oscar for his portrayal of scientist Stephen Hawking in The theory of everything.

The good nurse is based on the book of the same name by Charles Graeber and is directed by Tobias Lindholm (A War, Mindhunter). The cast also includes Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha and Kim Dickens.

The good nurse is released on Netflix on Wednesday, October 26th. Watch a trailer below.

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